ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Bulbs for rear tail light. posted by: Steven-Alick on 2/18/2006 at 11:41:25 PM
Hello! I'm looking for a source for bulbs for the rear tail-lights on my Raliegh Roadster and maybe the red lenses too. The corpse has bee picked clean in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Bulbs for rear tail light. posted by Matthew on 2/19/2006 at 6:16:29 PM

Do you have the original bulbs? If so, look carefully at the metal ferule which holds the glass 'bulb' of the bulb and you should find the wattage and voltage of the bulb stamped into the metal. (such as 6v 2.2w). If you can get this information then your local hardware shop should be able to help. My local shop is only an independent village outlet but they stock dozens of types of bulbs. You may find an old fashioned electrical store, the sort that has drive belts for vacuum cleaners and heating elements for washing machines, which stocks bulbs for torches. They should be able to help. There has been some discussion about bulb types and quality, ahlogen and xenon give very good quality illumination. I hope other readers will comment and help. Where do you live? [which side of the pond, which state or county - this helps]

Matthew - a spark in the dark.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Bulbs for rear tail light. posted by Matthew on 2/19/2006 at 9:17:48 PM
Note to myself - More haste less speed!

I intended the above message for Shawn too, and I see Steven that you are in Canada. Sorry I should have answered both of you separately and in less of a rush.

Matthew - fixed speed - too quick for my own good.

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Bulbs for rear tail light. posted by Steven-Alick on 2/20/2006 at 8:25:51 PM
Hello. I'm in Canada,Toronto,Ontario. I donot have the old bulb, but believe it to be 6v 3watts. [bayonette style]

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Bulbs for rear tail light. posted by Steven-Alick on 2/20/2006 at 8:29:53 PM
Just as I pushed post on my last reply, I remembered an old vaccuum repair shop just south of me in the lod bourgh of Mimico. The search begins. Cheers! I'll let you know the results. SS

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Bulbs for rear tail light. posted by Matthew on 2/20/2006 at 9:48:02 PM
God Bless the vacuum cleaner shops!

There amongst the racks of bags for makes of cleaners you've never heard of (Dusterette, Vac-matic, Kleenin etc) and the piles of motors and hoses for them too, you will (hopefully) find the kindly proprietor. He will be a slightly dusty individual with a screwdriver in one hand and a set of (motor) brushes in the other. His hair will look like he uses Albert Einstein's barber. As you pick your way through the heaps of machinery and spare parts towards the counter he will peer over his dusty steel rimmed specs and ask, 'Is that a '56 Raleigh you just rode up on?'
'Yup I thought so, I could see the stainless rims. Four Speed? Yup, run so quite you could fall asleep pedalling. I guess you'll want a bulb or two, eh? Speak up! I don't hear so well since my valve set blew up right by my ear.'

Spend time with this man, all too soon time, or a greedy landlord, will overtake him. His workshop cat will be sent to the rescue centre and the shop will be gutted and become a pizza joint or a Tesco Metro.

The past isn't all we have but it's a comfortable place we all know.

Matthew - nostalgia, its a thing of the past.

Dust has no calories

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Bulbs for rear tail light. posted by Steven-Alick on 2/20/2006 at 10:46:21 PM
It just dawned on me {as I ran out-side to look at it] I have a just about mint women's Supercycle ,Made in england, 3-speed bicycle in in garage. I gave it to my girlfriend two years ago and has not taken any interest in it. Ice blue,white grips, white saddle, shifter in the right hand grip. generator,front light[Jap] and tail-lite and carrier. Needs to go to a good home where somone would take pride in ownership. Works/runs fine Cash or trade. Cheers! Steve

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Raleigh Sprite posted by: Paul on 2/18/2006 at 2:42:52 PM
Here is a great Raleigh sprite that was found on ebay. This seller also has a couple peugeots http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=7220361776&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT

ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Headlight for 1975 Raleigh Sports posted by: nin on 2/17/2006 at 8:08:02 PM
I was just gifted with a Raleigh Sports, 1975, all original except for tires, and garage kept till 2days ago, never ridden. She is beautiful and I'm just about to dust her off. The headlight that fits into the mount is all I need now. She even came with double rear baskets. So just thought I'd ask you brilliant ones as I search the net. Thanks a lot. No photo yet

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Headlight for 1975 Raleigh Sports posted by Matthew on 2/17/2006 at 9:39:04 PM
Hi Nin,

I don't know about 'export' models but here in England by 1975 the headlamps were square and sort of plasti-chrome with a black slider switch on. Or if you want a battery light of the right period look for an 'Eveready' Frontguard, not the later (and much better) Frontguard II.
Sounds like you've made a really good find, enjoy it.

Matthew - shedding a little light?

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Headlight for 1975 Raleigh Sports posted by Kurt K. on 2/18/2006 at 1:49:01 AM
U.S. models came with a single-bulb, all-chrome Sturmey-Archer ball light in the '60s and '70s.


   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Headlight for 1975 Raleigh Sports posted by Matthew on 2/19/2006 at 6:27:49 PM
Hello, Me again,

Ther is a Sturmey headlamp on eBay UK at the moment but the seller isn't offering overseas sale or postage. The lamp would suit UK Raleighs up to early seventies and poss later US models. May be worth a look.

Just a note - if I mention an eBay item in a message then it isn't for sale by me. I wouldn't use the forum for covert advertising of my own goods. If I have something for sale I will tell you all plainly. This note is an attempt to avoid cryptic notes such as NMA, NRTS, NKTS etc (all of which I have used in the past.)

Matthew - spending too much time browsing eBay.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Headlight for 1975 Raleigh Sports posted by nin on 2/20/2006 at 8:44:01 PM
Thanks for your help. I'm investigating all of your suggestions. Great forum!

AGE / VALUE:Phillips Manhattan posted by: George on 2/17/2006 at 12:12:23 AM
Hi all, does anyone know about the history of the phillips Manhattan models? I have recently come across a late 1950's model that is almost NOS with 3 speed dynohub, lights etc. I NEVER would have believed that the 2 tone (blue/white) paint job was original but I came across one like it on oldspokeshome.com site. To me it looks extremely "flashy" for an English bike of that vintage although I have to say it does grow on you. Based on the oldspokes price I get a very general sense of value although theirs seems like high...$ Is it a rare bike? Thanks

   RE:AGE / VALUE:���Phillips Manhattan posted by Warren on 2/17/2006 at 5:17:32 AM
Nice bike...I wonder if the chrome fenders are original? Are yours similar? For $400 the bike should be all original and even then it's too pricey for me.

Rare doesn't translate into valuable all the time although Phillips are certainly a popular marque. Keep it, ride it,

   RE:AGE / VALUE:Phillips Manhattan posted by george on 2/17/2006 at 4:55:23 PM
The chrome fenders are indeed original. Mine have a Phillips badge on them.(not a decal) Also, mine has the original Sturmey 3 speed dynohub with the 50's vintage chrome head/taillights (all steel casings); original 2 tone blue/white Wrights saddle, white handgrips and cables, beautiful Phillips block pedals, "P" headlamp bracket and the shiniest rear rack I've ever seen. It must have been for the US market right? The Manhattan decal on the seat tube is quite lively and colorful and as I mentioned the overall look is very flashy. The chrome on the rims and fenders is as bright as any I've seen on anything. Oh, I almost forgot, the Phillips bell is the biggest, shiniest, loudest you'll ever see. It has the lion and logo engraved on it and is gorgeous. The total effect however seems to weigh about 200 lbs!!! I will certainly be riding it after a tune up. On closer inspection it is not as flawless as I had first suspected under all the dust and dirt but there is no rust anywhere, just scratches and minor paint loss.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:Phillips Manhattan posted by Kurt K. on 2/18/2006 at 1:59:28 AM
I've seen one once before on eBay. Didn't sell.

The example on eBay was in poor condition, being sold by one of those sell-it-for-you auction companies for $100 or so, if I recall correctly. Bent fork, no fenders.

I'd say $150-250 for yours, poosibly $350 on an excellent eBay day. You'd have to cross your fingers for English cycle collectors who have a soft spot for the American middleweight-oriented graphics.

Personally, I don't care much for the Manhattan. The loud seattube decal ruins the understated elegance of a English roadster. Of course, that's my own opinion.


   RE:AGE / VALUE: Phillips Manhattan posted by Neal on 2/20/2006 at 3:36:34 AM
Well, I ended up going for that one Kurt refers to (item #6598046712). The AG rear dynohub is dated 1959, and this Phillips Manhattan has chrome mudguards, a two-tone paint job (silver and white), and a full chaincase. Yes, the Phillips badges on the mudguards and headtube are brass-like things, not decals. Fortunately, the front fork is not bent. It's all in need of serious cleaning and polishing, but it appealed to me as an interesting bike of that era.


ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Better Pictures of 1927 Sunbeam Roadster posted by: Craig on 2/15/2006 at 4:28:43 AM
Finally I've taken some better photos of my "new" Sunbeam. They can be viewed here:


With the exception of the click click of the cyclometer and a squeaky seat spring the bike is smooth and "dead quiet" to ride. I've had new bikes that made more noise when I rode them. Even the rear hub is silent. It's almost spooky!

The brakes as expected are less smooth because the brake blocks are old and rock hard. The wheels also need a little bit of truing.

The two speed shifter works perfect.

The bike does not feel like it is nearly 80 years old. I can't believe that it has been ridden much.

What's really fun is the stares I get from people driving by while I'm riding. The bike is so unusual looking with it's big frame and upright riding style that they know it's something different. I just wave and ride on!

All in all it's a bunch of fun to ride - Enjoy the photos!


   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Better Pictures of 1927 Sunbeam Roadster posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 2/15/2006 at 10:15:51 AM
Only words that come to mind are "Stately" and "Majestic". Beautiful machine!!! Gad... I know it's somewhat of an illusion... but that chaincase looks to be nearly 4 feet long!


Larry "Boneman" Bone

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Better Pictures of 1927 Sunbeam Roadster posted by Craig McNeil on 2/16/2006 at 5:57:11 AM
Nope, just your standard 2 foot 2+ inch chaincase. Standover is exactly 35 inches. Glad I've got a long inseam! It really is a beautiful bike. Even more so in person.

Craig - still amazed I found it

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:Better Pictures of 1927 Sunbeam Roadster posted by dash on 2/24/2006 at 8:57:50 PM
great! very "Brideshead-ish."